Another very constructive year has passed and the association continues to go from strength to strength, thanks not least to the great work by all the members of my executive, those leading each of our member clubs and those supporting cricket in whatever capacity they choose to do so.
2018 began as members of Swiss Olympic, a momentous achievement for cricket in Switzerland. This is the single most important milestone for the sport in this country as, for the first time; we
can now claim that cricket is a recognised Swiss sport.
Membership of Swiss Olympic not only provides crucial financial support to the sport, it also inspires us to comply with the sporting vales of the Olympic movement in providing transparency, respect, good behaviour & best practices and accountability.
Also significant in 2018 was the realisation of St Moritz Ice Cricket. St Moritz Ice Cricket witnessed many of the sport’s greatest stars play in two exhibition Twenty20 matches on the lake in St Moritz.
In parallel with the Cricket On Ice amateur version that has been running for 30 years, St Moritz Ice Cricket welcomed the likes of Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akthar, Matt Prior, Mahela Jayawardene, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, Lasith Malinga, Aiden Andrews, Rohan Jain... the list goes on.
I was honoured to be a part of the organization committee that provided us a platform to show off Switzerland to the cricketing world. It was televised live in India, South Africa, Pakistan & Australia, to the largest audience for any sporting event in Switzerland.
And I welcome the sequel to this planned by Vijay Singh and his team for 2020.
Cricket Switzerland embraces all forms of cricket and encourages participation at every level. It is important to underline that the association is not exclusively for the hard-ball game but that it also supports other forms. The website actively demonstrated this with our encouragement and publicity of such events such as the Olten Tennis Ball Cricket Competition and the good work by Father Devid in Basel at the Village Family Cricket Fun Day.
In the past we have reached out to these forms of cricket in an attempt to bring them under the national umbrella, efforts that to date have not been successful.
The achievements of our seniors, ladies & juniors were plentiful and have been well documented on the website, which, along with our social media presence and monthly eNewsletter, continues to play an important role in the communication of all our efforts to develop cricket as a sport in Switzerland.
I look forward to overseeing the organisation again in 2019, in providing the leadership & creative encouragement required to enable all our ambitions to come true and in representing the sport at the various meetings of Swiss Olympic, ICC and other organizations domestically & internationally.
Alexander D. Mackay
President, CRICKET SWITZERLAND